Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

March 15, 2013

Mohawk Nation News: Splitting the Sky: A Great Loss



MNN. MAR. 15, 2013.  
Mohawk Warrior and Champion of the People Dies – March 13, 2013. A great loss to the people, to the nation, to the resistance, anti-imperialist  movement right across Great Turtle Island.
JOHN HILLOn March 13th, Dacajeweiah, Splitting-the-Sky, 61, left us forever when he passed away in his home in Adams Lake, British Columbia. Dac’s colonial name was John Boncore Hill, from Six Nations. “From Attica to Gustafsen Lake,” and thereafter, he was a warrior, a comrade, a brother, a father, a grandfather, a friend.
We deeply mourn his loss.
The family will release a biographical statement and details of memorial arrangements in due course. With deepest love to his wife, She-Keeps-the-Door, and children. We stand with Dac’s many many co-fighters and friends. He loved the People. The AIM song is dedicated to the continuance of the resistance after a warrior has fallen A.I.M. song
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Steve Poole said...

This is heartbreaking news. I was blessed to have worked with Dac on a number of video projects and we spent a good many hours together on those occasions when he came down to Victoria to speak or come on our TV show Face to Face. My deepest condolences to She-Keeps-the-Door and the children.

We have lost an extraordinary human being and a powerful, intelligent voice against the "NWO-military-industrial complex".

Via con dios my friend.

Anthony said...


Carolyn Hamlett said...

My heart is deeply saddened. Dac was truly a GREAT man; a MAN among many men. He is the sort of man that the history books should highlight as the GREATEST of the great men this world has ever known.

I shall miss you, my friend.

My condolences and prayers of comfort go out to all family and friends.

Thought Criminal said...

I too am so sad to learn of the passing of our great friend Dacajeweiah; a legendary activist,
warrior for his people, friend of all mankind and a dear brother in the struggle for truth,
peace and justice, with whom I am so proud to have worked with for a number of years. There
are few people who have ever experienced pure evil as this man had in his young life, including
years of solitary confinement and torture, and many attempts on his life. And yet, he was not
bitter. It made him fearless, determined and dedicated to exposing the criminality of the powers
that be, and confronting them when the opportunity aose, to hold them accountable.

There are few people on this planet with the courage, dignity and moral character that this man
had, to speak truth to power, and, not only talk the talk, but to walk the walk, to do what is
right and necessary in the face of evil. I had the honour and pleasure of travelling across Canada
with him twice, organizing speaking events and interviews for him, and we shared the podium
together on a number of occasions. His speeches were a special thing to behold! But then
afterwards, we would relax, sang some songs, told jokes and had some deep belly laughs.

He was such a humble man in his private life. We eventually went our separate ways as things in
life dictated, but there was never any loss of love and respect for him. "Dac" you inspired me
very much, and to speak out about the crimes and injustices commiteed agaisnt my own people.

I love you brother and only wish I had had a chance to tell you so once again, face to face.

I will never forget you bro, and I will miss you very much, with many thanks for
all you did and tried to do, for your people, and for all of humanity!

My heart and my prayers go out to She-Keeps-the-Door and all of their
family and relations.

Wayne Prante

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